Opioids, COVID-19 And Racism: A Deadly Trifecta : Short Wave Drug overdose deaths are on the rise all around the country, including in Chicago, Illinois. ProPublica Illinois reporter Duaa Eldeib explains how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the opioid epidemic, and the challenges that public health officials are facing as they work to reduce opioid-related deaths.
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Opioids, COVID-19 And Racism: A Deadly Trifecta

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Opioids, COVID-19 And Racism: A Deadly Trifecta

Opioids, COVID-19 And Racism: A Deadly Trifecta

Opioids, COVID-19 And Racism: A Deadly Trifecta

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The contents of an overdose rescue kit are displayed in a class on overdose prevention held by non-profit Positive Health Project. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The contents of an overdose rescue kit are displayed in a class on overdose prevention held by non-profit Positive Health Project.

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Drug overdose deaths are on the rise all around the country, including in Chicago, Illinois. ProPublica Illinois reporter Duaa Eldeib explains how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the opioid epidemic, and the challenges that public health officials are facing as they work to reduce opioid-related deaths.

Find more of Duaa's investigative reporting here, and email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was edited by Gisèle Grayson and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi.